An official website of the United States government

Security Alert: Semana Santa Holiday Weekend – U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru (April 12, 2022)
April 12, 2022

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Location: Lima
Event: Semana Santa Holiday Weekend (April 12, 2022)

U.S. citizens in Peru are reminded to be prepared for heavy traffic and an increased police presence throughout Peru during the Semana Santa holiday weekend, from April 14 – April 17. If you are traveling over the holiday, remember to avoid large crowds, avoid traveling at night, and only carry minimal valuables on your person. If approached by someone who attempts to take your belongings, it is usually best to comply with their demands to maintain your safety. Be sure to store valuables in a hotel safe, or in a vehicle trunk while traveling.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima and the Cusco Consular Agency will be closed April 14 and 15 in observance of the Semana Santa holiday. U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance may contact the after-hours duty officer by contacting the Embassy switchboard at the number below.

Actions to take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens: https://pe.usembassy.gov/.

For Assistance: